All ProWisdom Texts from Proverbs 8 (January 2012 – November 2013) by Aaron and Michael Diedrich

January 8, 2012

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

How are you going to fear the Lord in your life?

February 8, Wednesday, 2012

Proverbs 8:17 “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Context: wisdom speaking. Do you love God’s wisdom? How are you finding it? How will you seek wisdom today? Seek God’s wisdom, not man’s wisdom.

March 8, 2012

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: All they that hate me love death. (Proverbs 8:36)

Context: Wisdom is speaking. Do you live by God’s wisdom found in the Bible? It begins with the fear of God (Prov. 8:13)? If you don’t like it the only other alternative is ultimately death.

April 8, Sunday, 2012

Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto it?”

1 Corinthians 1:30 says Christ is made unto us wisdom. How is Christ more important than you can desire in your life? Continually desire Christ and His will for you. Do not let anything take His place; Christ must have the preeminence. May we be able to say as the psalmist in Psalms 73:25, “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.”

Is Christ, the one who died and rose again for you, your all consuming desire or are you comparing Him with other things in your life? Is He first place?

Happy Easter!

May 8, Tuesday, 2012

Proverbs 8:8 “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness (just, right), there is nothing froward (distasteful) or perverse (false, crooked) in them.”

This verse describes wisdom’s words. How are you seeking God’s wisdom so you can apply it to your life? As Christians, Christ is our wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30). Is what comes out of your mouth becoming more like Wisdom’s words every day. Are we seeking to speak what is right and just, avoiding all dishonesty and divisiveness [not speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)]?

June 8, 2012

Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of man. (Proverbs 8:4)

Context: Wisdom is speaking. In the New Testament Christ is personified as wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30) It is clear from the rest of the passage that wisdom is essential to life and favor from God. (Prov. 8:35) It proceeds from God and acts in keeping with His ways because it hates evil (Prov. 8:13)

Wisdom is calling you today to live wisely. Are you listening to her voice and doing she says? Can you list three ways in your mind how you are doing it?

July 8, 2012

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; And the opening of my lips shall be right things. (Proverbs 8:6)

Context: Wisdom speaks excellent and right things.

Do you ever find yourself thinking if I only could do this or that, and it seems like a wise thing to do even though you know God’s Word says don’t do it? Listen to the wisdom of God’s Word and do not listen to the deceitfulness of your own understanding and own wisdom. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, will never tell you to do wrong.

August 8, Wednesday, 2012

Proverbs 8:34 “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.”

Context: Wisdom speaking

Do you hear, watch, and wait for wisdom? This verse paints a picture, of wisdom having a school with students so eager to learn that they are there even before the school opens because they are so excited to learn more heavenly instruction (Adam Clarke’s Commentary)

Blessed (H835) – this word is an interjection meaning, how happy, happy

Heareth (H8085) – obey, heed, hear intelligently, discern, give ear, regard, understand

Watching (H8245) – a primitive root meaning to be alert, sleepless, be on the look out. Hasten, remain, wake

Waiting (H8104) – This Hebrew Word of the 468 times it is used is translated as “keep” 283 times. This word means to beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep, wait, attend to

In what three ways has God blessed you because you are eagerly seeking His wisdom? Are you hearing the Lord with the intention to obey? Are you daily seeking to see from God’s perspective by reading His Word and asking him to open your eyes so you can behold wondrous things out of His law (Psalm 119:17)? How are you waiting for wisdom (Remember Christ is our wisdom according to 1 Cor. 1:30). Are you patiently waiting upon Him so your strength can be renewed, you can mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, and walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31)?

September 8, 2012

O ye simple, understand wisdom: And, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. (Proverbs 8:5)

Simple in this passage has the idea of simply being foolish because you just do not know what you should. Twice in Proverbs it is used to describe how a simple passes on and is punished. In contrast a prudent man looks ahead at what the end result of his actions will be. (Proverbs 22:3; 27:12) This passage is challenging fools to try to understand wisdom. A short definition of understanding is “to be able to distinguish, separate.” [CDWGTHB]

Fool in this passage is “kesel” it has the idea of being “fat, stupid.” From looking at the various contexts in which this word is used it appears that this fool has had some instruction, but has a fat head. He will not allow that instruction to change how he acts. He just keeps doing whatever he wants.

Solomon writes that both the simple and fool need to try to demonstrate understanding, or in other words have discernment. The simple needs to understand wisdom, and the fool needs to let his heart (will and intellect) be teachable.

Today how would others characterize you. Do you try to understand that which you do not understand, or do you like to make excuses just to keep doing things the way you are doing them no matter the consequences? The simple believes every word and passes on and is punished. The fool is resistant to instruction and despises his mother, a hundred stripes with a whip do not do him much good. (Prov. 15:20; 17:10)

The neat thing is that if lack of understanding is a characteristic of our lives, it does not have to stay that way, For the Lord giveth wisdom: Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6) Seek the Lord for wisdom and understanding and listen to the counsel of your authorities. (James 1:5; Rom. 13:1)

October 8, 2012

Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold. (Proverbs 8:10)

Context: Wisdom is speaking.

Wisdom in the book of Proverbs is closely connected with the fear of Jehovah God. Proverbs 9:10 says,

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: And the knowledge of the holy is understanding. With this understanding it may be said that receive the wisdom that is obedient to God’s word. So the learning to receive wisdom’s instruction and knowledge is more valuable than being rich. Are you willing to forego riches for obedience to God’s wisdom?

Do you place this much value on your Bible and how does it show in your life by your receptivity and obedience to God’s Word? The Psalmist writes, The law of thy mouth is better unto me Than thousands of gold and silver. (Psalm 119:72)

November 8, Thursday, 2012

Proverbs 8:35 “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.”

Proverbs 8:35 “For whoso findeth (takes hold on) me findeth life, and shall obtain (draw out, get favor of the LORD.”

Context: Proverbs 8 is the personification of wisdom, one of God’s many attributes that are inseparable from His character. Many scholars understand Proverbs 8:22-31 as wisdom being a direct personification of Christ because of its similarity with New Testament passages (Colossians 1:16; Revelation 3:14; John 1:1, 1:14, 13:1) (AMG’s Complete Word Study Bible Notes).

1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” Christ is made unto wisdom, He is our wisdom as believers.

I find it interesting that when we find wisdom, we find life and obtain God’s blessing (favor) on our lives. Jesus described eternal life in John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. ”

So real life is knowing God. As a believer who has put their faith alone in Christ for salvation, you have a restored relationship with God, and can know Him personally. God designed humans as dependent creatures. We need Him, it is when we try to live in our own strength and apart from Him that we self destruct and fail to bring Him glory as we were created to do (Rev. 4:11). Remember the fear of the Lord which is a loving respect for God is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10). When we know God by keeping’s wisdom’s ways, hearing instruction, being wise, accepting instruction, hearing wisdom, watching daily at wisdom’s gates, waiting at the posts of wisdom’s doors we will obtain favor of the LORD (Proverbs 8:32-35).

So today how are you discovering the limitlessness of eternal life? Are you faithful in watching for the Lord, waiting for the Lord, and obeying Him, not for His blessings, but because you truly love Him? God wants to bless us, but so often we choose our own way, and thus refuse the blessings He has for us. The way of true blessing is obedience. Let us be faithful to follow Him.

How have you seen God’s favor on your life in a direct correlation of your trust and obedience to Him?

December 8, Saturday, 2012

Proverbs 8:7 “For my (Wisdom’s) mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination (morally disgusting) to my lips.”

The wisdom of God will always declare truth, what is right, and will never speak wickedness, what is wrong. If you have Christ as your personal Savior, Christ is made unto You wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30). Is the affect of Christ, your wisdom, living inside of you evidenced by what you think and say? Does your mouth speak truth or do you say what you feel like saying even if it is wrong? Doing what you want over what God wants is iniquity. Do you hate sin as God hates it? Is saying something wrong morally disgusting to you? It is to God.

Let us pray that our love for God would be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

January 8, 2013

My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver. (Proverbs 8:19)

Context – A self-description of wisdom.

Fruit – Of the uses of fruit it appears that thus use is “being indicative of consequences” of possessing wisdom. [“1809 פרה” , in Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament]

Better – the Hebrew word here is most commonly translated good and goodness (371 of 545X). It carries the idea then of being good, well, fair, kind, fine, merry. These are some of its other translations of this Hebrew word in the KJV.

Gold – was and still is a commodity that is highly valued for its commercial worth as well as for its beauty.

Silver – Silver before 500 B.C. was the most valuable medal in the Middle East. [Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary]

Wisdom’s fruit is more valuable than highly prized riches. The theme of these Proverbs text is “Striving to see and live life from God’s perspective.” That is when we are really practically living out God’s wisdom in our life. How much do you value wisdom. In the Old Testament the Law was God’s wisdom to the Jews (Deuteronomy 4:6). In the New Testament Christ is the believers wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30).

How are you valuing the wisdom of God’s Word for both the Old and New Testaments are valuable for the believer living a godly today(2 Timothy 3:16-17)? May we humbly receive the grace God gives us to follow his advice when it means sacrificing riches that could have been.

God bless!

February 8, Friday, 2013

Proverbs 8:1 “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

Both wisdom and understanding cry out for our attention, but to whom do you listen? Do you listen to wisdom’s cry and understanding’s voice or the cry of this world’s wisdom and the voice of folly? The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God and is vain(1 Corinthians 2:6, 3:19).

Wisdom (H2451) – skillful, wisely, wit, shrewdness, prudence.

Noah Webster says this about wisdom in his Dictionary from 1828:

The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect, or practice. If wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to prosperity or happiness. Wisdom in the first sense, or practical wisdom, is nearly synonymous with discretion. It differs somewhat from prudence, in this respect; prudence is the exercise of sound judgment in avoiding evils; wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. Prudence then is a species, of which wisdom is the genus.

Understanding (H8394) – discretion, reason, skillfulness, wisdom. This is a different Hebrew word than for the word for “understand” and “understanding” in Proverbs 8:5, H995, but H8394 is derived from H995.

Cry (H7121) – Call, invite, preach, proclaim, pronounce, publish. It has the idea of being the first to speak to another. So wisdom cries out to us before we would cry out for wisdom. God comes seeking for us, not the other way around. God comes to us and then we decide whether we will accept or reject Him and His wisdom.

Put forth (5414) – to give

Voice (H6963) – from a Hebrew root meaning to call aloud, cry, proclamation, yell. A voice or sound. There is an urgency to understanding’s call.

Wisdom and understanding work together calling out to men, and the sons (children) of men (Proverbs 8:4). Notice wisdom’s priority, men then their children. Thus if you are a man, this indicates your responsibility to be a wise spiritual leader.

All around us the world is demanding our attention. The lusts of the flesh, the lust of our eyes, and the pride of life of our flesh are raging against the new nature we have as Christians, but we have choice to whom we will listen. Will we listen and heed the cry of wisdom and understanding or the cry of this world and folly?

I pray today that we will walk in the Spirit today, not the flesh, and thus have the fruits of the Spirit evident in our life because we are heeding the call of wisdom and the voice of understanding (Galatians 5:16-23)

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:24-25

March 8, Friday, 2013

Proverbs 8:31 “Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.”

The context here is talking of wisdom. Proverbs 8:22-36 is believed by many scholars to refer directly to Christ. How awesome and humbling to know that Jesus delights in us; He loves all mankind. He wants a relationship with us. This verse says He rejoices in the habitable parts of His earth meaning that He laughs, takes pleasure, makes merry, and even plays. Wow!

Do you not think since God takes such joy in us that we should do the same by rejoicing in Him? Have you delighted yourself in the Lord today? Is your delight in showing His love to others? Let’s follow our Creator’s example and remember to keep a positive outlook and rejoice in Him everyday (Philippians 4:4).

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4

April 8, 2013

I lead in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of judgment: (Proverbs 8:20)

Context: This chapter is often called the wisdom chapter. Here a simple breakdown.

1) Wisdom calls out to all men (8:1-5)

2) Wisdom reasons with man to receive her (8:6-11)

3) Wisdom is of priceless value and character to it’s possessor (8:12-21)

4) Wisdom begins with the Lord and was used in creation (8:22-31)

5) Wisdom’s final warning to man is that reception or rejection of her are life and death choices (8:32-36)

In Proverbs 8:20 two character traits of wisdom are righteousness and judgment. Since wisdom begins with God (Prov 8:22) it is logical to conclude that righteousness and judgment do as well since wisdom has always been possessed by the Lord. Psalm 145:17 says, The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Genesis 18:19 says, For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (Genesis 18:19)

From these two verses, it is clear that righteousness and judgment are indispensable to the character of God. Notice how God’s way is equated with justice and judgment in the second verse. As humans, we are able to know God’s righteous standard and judgment, because it has been revealed in the Bible through the giving of the law and the historical accounts on His judgment of sin. Since God is righteous and there is no power greater than Him, we as human beings must recognize his standard for right and wrong revealed in His Word and his punishment for the violation of His holy standard, judgment.

Knowing this standard revealed in the Word of God quickly makes us realize that we fall miserably short of God’s standard. This is where it is so exciting. We as humans are completely incapable of obtaining this standard of righteousness God sets, but God makes the way through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; 1 Cor. 1:30) As we admit our inability and trust God to mercifully impute the righteousness of Christ on us by faith in Him, he not only makes us righteous, but enables us to live righteously and justly. (2 Cor. 5:17)

How is your whole life leading others in the righteousness and justice of God? Does your life make your neighbor recognize their sin and God’s just judgment, so that they will repent and call on God for mercy and salvation found only in Jesus Christ?

May 8, 2013

They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge. (Proverbs 8:9)

Context: The words of wisdom

Plain – Equity, straight, right (Logos Bible Word Study)

Right – straight, stretched, level, smooth (Logos Bible Word Study)

The way of wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. (Prov 9:10) When you live in a reverential fear of the Lord, God will give you wisdom and understanding. This is key to having the understanding and knowledge of what this verse is talking about. When you fear God, His holy and righteous ways make sense. Without the fear of God none of the above is possible. In the Old Testament this was shown by obedience to the Old Testament Law.

Today, ask God to help you cultivate a proper fear, but even more so a love for Him and His Word. The Law strikes fear in hearts, but when Christ came, grace and truth came. We are no longer under the Law but are asked to obey the Lord out of love for Him. If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15) As you meditate on what it is that God wants you to do, ask Him to open your eyes to the plainness and rightness of His ways and ask for His grace to do His will.

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; And quicken thou me in thy way. (Psalm 119:37)

June 8, Saturday, 2013

Proverbs 8:18 “Riches and honor are with me: yea, durable riches and righteousness.”

Context – wisdom speaking. Those that seek wisdom and love it shall find it (Proverbs 8:17).

Today, let’s ask ourselves, “Does my love for God and His wisdom surpass my love for myself? Do my thoughts, words, and actions show my love for Him?” God wants to bless us with eternal riches, honor, and His righteousness. Praise the Lord that by grace through faith we are made righteous through the shed blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Let’s not hold onto temporal things when God wants us to surrender all so He can fill not just our hands but our arms with heaven’s treasures and blessing. He cannot until we cease from our own wisdom and embrace His wisdom.

“Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.” Proverbs 23:4

While we do not follow after God’s wisdom for its riches, but for a closer relationship with God, riches are a byproduct of His wisdom. Let’s seek to live and see life from God’s perspective.

God bless!

July 8, Monday, 2013

Proverbs 8:12 “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”

Wisdom (H2451) – skillful, wit

Prudence (H6195) – subtlety, wisdom, wilily, discretion, in a bad sense trickery

Wisdom thus goes hand in hand with wise action (prudence). Wisdom and prudence are proactive and entrepreneurial in finding out and coming with good plans. They are a proactive duo bring profitability in their ventures together.

Today lets humbly ask God for His wisdom and prudence on how to live our daily lives more for His glory (James 1:5-6). What ways can you apply the wisdom of God’s Word to your life today? Have you read your Bible today and meditated on what you have read?

August 8, 2013

Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. (Proverbs 8:14)

Context: Wisdom

The author of Proverbs writes from the perspective that wisdom comes from fearing God. (Prov 9:18) Fearing God is shown when one is obedient to his commandments. (Deut 5:29) In the New Testament this stress is even greater showing that one’s love for God on behalf of what He has done for us as believers ought to motivate us to keep His commandments. (John 14:15; 1 John 4:9, 19)

Counsel: implies a plan; advice; purpose; advisement. – A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible

Colossians 2:3 reveal Christ as the one In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. For He is the one whose “name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

In Christ is wisdom, in Christ is understanding, in Christ our Lord is everlasting strength. Have you thanked God for his counsel, wisdom, understanding, and strength that He makes available to us through prayer and the promises of his Word?

The application question for today is “From whom or what are you seeking your counsel? Are you guided by the impulses of your flesh or the Word of God?

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:13)

September 8, Sunday, 2013

Proverbs 8:15 “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.”

In the context of this passage, wisdom is speaking. Wisdom is closely associated with the fear of the Lord, the starting point of wisdom and knowledge (Prov. 9:10, 1:7). The fear of the Lord is to hate evil (Prov. 8:13). Thus righteous government comes only through wisdom. Any good government or any good done by government is the result of the influence of Divine wisdom.

An application of this verse can be made to believers. Revelation 1:6 says that Jesus has made us kings and priests to God and His Father (evidence of the Trinity and Jesus Christ being God). Are we preparing to reign with Christ in wisdom by wisely seeking to live by God’s wisdom now? My Pastor, Pastor David Loggans, has been preaching on redemption the past several weeks from Ephesians 1:3-14. A couple of the products of redemption is wisdom and prudence. God has graciously given wisdom and prudence to those who realize their need for salvation and by faith receive it.

We all have power and influence over someone. We have the choice to seek to live according to our fallen human wisdom and harm ourselves and those around us, or we can live according to the wisdom of God, bringing life to ourselves and those around us (Prov. 8:33-36). By whose wisdom are you living today? Have you thanked the Lord for the wisdom and prudence you have in Christ?

October 8, Tuesday, 2013

Proverbs 8:33 “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”

Context – wisdom’s plea to children to hear and be blessed with life, and warning about the self-destructive sin of rejecting her.

Today, do you have heart that is ready to hear instruction with the wise intention to obey it? Are you being stubborn and unsubmissive to the instruction you are given? Have you asked God to give you a teachable heart? I think the next verse of this passage is a great admonition to daily spend time with Jesus who is made unto us wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30).

Proverbs 8:34 “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.”

November 8, 2013

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